There's a couple of good threads on garden centres in the area already. The search function is a great way to find out if the question you're interested in has already been covered...afraid I have no idea which would be best for trees, but would second the recommendation for Roots and Shoots for general plants.
> Does anybody have any experience of
> ordering/planting trees in a Bermondsey garden?
> What varieties are typical of the area and where
> is a good garden centre to get them from?
Can I recommend the Trees for Free scheme operated through Southwark council - it was featured on a previous thread but the easiest way to access them is through the southwark website www.southwark.gov.uk/YourServices/environment/Trees/FreeTrees.html
the folks there are really knowledgeable - and if you give them a run down of the type of soil, location, exposure, extent of maintenance you're interested in etc they'll help you pick out something appropriate (and yes, you can still get at least one shrub or tree free!)
Thanks to everybody for their typically insightful replies.
- free tree initiative is brilliant - you get the first free and can buy any more you need at £1/tree.
- apple trees have always had an appeal - what sort would grow well? Do they require lots of maintenance? Appreciate the offer of help; plenty of free apples if I take you up on the offer :)
Julie, there's a big apple tree in Falmouth Road that's full of fruit now. Mrs I's quite keen on pressing a gallon. I suggested that (assuming the fruit is eating or cooking fruit) we'd do well if we could add a bit of crab apple juice to it, so keep your eyes out for a local crab would you.
Carmenes, I don't think they need much more care than any tree. I'm serious about the offer of help if you like. Just pm me.